Orlando BDA System Design 101: What Does A BDA System Do?

You can’t get a BDA off the rack; it has to be customized for you. Here’s what goes into an Orlando BDA system design for your commercial building.

When you’re shopping for a BDA system, or bi-directional amplifier, you can’t just go to Costco and buy a “BDA in a box” like a home intercom system (remember those?). At DynaFire, we know that one size does not fit all when it comes to Fire & Life Safety. This is why our team of FCC GROL-certified technicians takes special care to create a BDA system that is uniquely designed for your facility. Before we grab our sketch book and charcoal pencils, let’s back up and talk about what a BDA is.

What Is A BDA System?

A BDA, or bi-directional amplifier system, is a way for radio communications to be effective even if your building’s design may put up roadblocks. If your building has any of these features, you likely need an Orlando BDA system design:

  • Large footprint
  • Multiple levels above ground
  • Underground structures
  • Concrete or metal construction
  • Low-E glass

Some examples of buildings and businesses that can benefit from a BDA system include:

  • Airport terminals
  • Apartment buildings
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Commercial buildings
  • Convention centers
  • Government buildings
  • Hospitals
  • Hotels
  • Manufacturing plants
  • Parking garages
  • Retail shopping malls
  • Schools and campuses
  • Shipping ports
  • Stadiums and arenas
  • And others

How Do You Know If You Need A BDA System?

To determine if your facility needs a BDA system, we will send our FCC GROL-certified technician to your building to conduct a radio frequency survey. Along with fire department radio personnel, we will measure your building’s current downlink/uplink signal strength. This information is submitted to the Authority Having Jurisdiction which will determine if a BDA system is required.

Why You Need A BDA System

The problem with large buildings, buildings with multiple levels, underground structures, concrete, metal, and glass, is that all of those things can either block a radio signal or keep it from reaching its destination. Why is it important that radio signals can reach all areas of your building? What if there was a fire and emergency personnel needed to communicate with each other to effectively vacate the building? You don’t want a “Can you hear me now?” situation when lives are on the line.

How A BDA System Works

When we create your Orlando BDA system design, we will strategically place bi-directional amplifiers throughout your building that act kind of like trampolines, bouncing the signal from one amplifier to the next until it gets where it needs to go. It’s like playing the telephone game from when we were kids, except our BDA system ensures that the message you get at the end is the same one that was sent at the beginning. 

Orlando BDA system design

How Orlando BDA System Design Works

You can see now why it’s vital that our team at DynaFire takes the needs of your particular facility and puts them first and foremost into your BDA design. A high-rise apartment building would not have the same logistical needs as a multi-acre, single-level distribution warehouse. Our team of Fire & Life Safety technicians will design a BDA system that ensures effective and efficient two-way radio communication should you ever need it.

Let DynaFire Be Your Fire & Life Safety Partner

Our team doesn’t just handle Orlando BDA system design; we are a full-service organization that offers maintenance, testing, and inspection services to maintain a functioning BDA system. It is our goal for our clients and emergency personnel to have the peace of mind that communication will not be interrupted in an emergency. Contact us today to get started.

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